Holiday review by Mrs Simone Illger

Name: Mrs Simone Illger

Date of trip: 09/09/2019

Number of people: 2

We loved Siwandu Lodge and the Selous Game reserve - this part of the holiday was perfect and the game viewing was exceptional. The standard of the food and the accommodation were outstanding. Essque Zalu was the same - truly exceptional surroundings, loved the jetty out to sea. The staff were all so helpful. Everyone we met throughout the holiday was exceptionally helpful and friendly. No problem was insurmountable. No request went unfulfilled. When we did run into problems, they were always satisfactorily resolved.

  • Siwandu, formerly Selous Safari Camp

     

  • Pool at Siwandu

     

  • Luxurious tented accommodation at Siwandu

     

  • Siwandu is good for bird watching

     

  • Essque Zalu pool and ocean

     

  • The main building at Essque Zalu

     

  • Essque Zalu suite

     

  • Seafront suites at Essque Zalu

     

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Tribes Overall:

The holiday certainly met our expectations. The three accommodation destination were so very different from one another, it almost felt as if we'd done three different holidays.

Tribes Service:

As usual! Very impressed.

Guides:

Ahmed, the guide in Stone Town wasn't that great - he provided the information as if he'd learnt it by rote - and his accent was quite hard to understand. Almost reciting information, without eye contact, etc.

We'd taken an "accidental" tour from a guy on the street who hustled us the same morning - but he was extremely helpful and considerate of me being a wheelchair user - protecting me from oncoming traffic and moving people out of the way so that I could get past. He took us into the coffee shop and helped us get a table and drinks. He had great knowledge on the history and culture of the island.

The driver who took us from Stone Town to Essque Zalu (never got his name) was excellent. As was Saif (the driver who picked us up from the airport on our arrival in Zanzibar)


The places you stayed

Siwandu, formerly Selous Safari Camp

Siwandu

Tanzania

We loved Siwandu Lodge and the Selous Game reserve - this part of the holiday was perfect and the game viewing was exceptional. The standard of the food and the accommodation were outstanding


Essque Zalu pool and ocean

Essque Zalu

Tanzania

Truly exceptional surroundings, loved the jetty out to sea. The staff were all so helpful. We did the Maassai Spa Ritual experience which was really quite unique! https://www.carlthompson.co.uk/further-reading-blogs/2018/1/11/experience-the-traditions-of-the-maasai-in-zanzibar-at-essque-zalu